Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman to Star in Nicol Paone’s Dark Comedy Thriller "The Kill Room"

On the heels of their Pulp Fiction reunion at the 94th Academy Awards® this past weekend, Yale Entertainment announced today that Academy Award® nominee Uma Thurman and Academy Award® winner Samuel L. Jackson will star in The Kill Room.

The new dark comedy/crime-thriller written by Jonathan Jacobson and to be directed by Nicol Paone.

Jordan Yale Levine, Jordan Beckerman, and Jon Keeyes are producing under their Yale Productions banner alongside Anne Clements of Idiot Savant Pictures, Paone, Thurman, and Dannielle Thomas and Jason Weinberg from Untitled Entertainment. Production will begin this spring in New Jersey and New York, with Yale's recently launched sales and distribution banner, Great Escape, handling international sales and co-repping the US rights with ICM.

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The Kill Room is a dark comedy / crime-thriller about a hitman, his boss (Jackson), an art dealer (Thurman) and their money laundering scheme that accidentally turns the hitman into an overnight, avant garde, sensation forcing her to play the art world against the underworld.

"Getting to make The Kill Room – an already incredible script – with Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson, is beyond my wildest dreams," said director Nicol Paone. "Every moment they're on screen they are both enviable and eye-catching. I am eternally grateful to both of them for saying yes and I am thrilled to bring this to life alongside Anne Clements, and Yale Productions."

"The combination of Uma and Sam for this project is a dream come true! We are certain that Nicol is going to deliver a special film, and one that strikes the perfect balance between dark humor and edge-of-your-seat thrills," said Levine and Beckerman.

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Thurman is best-known for her role as The Bride in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films, and also starred alongside Jackson in Tarantino's cult classic Pulp Fiction, for which they were both nominated for an Academy Award®. Thurman currently stars on Showtime series "Super Pumped." Additional credits include Dangerous Liaisons, Batman & Robin, and Gattaca.

Jackson can currently be seen starring in "The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey" for Apple TV+, and he is also an executive producer on the series. Jackson's additional credits include Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, The Hitman's Bodyguard films, and as Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

Paone made her writing and directing debut with Will Ferrell and Adam Mckay's "Funny or Die" comedy outfit, where she also appeared in sketches alongside Evan Rachel Wood, Darren Criss, Dennis Quaid and Melissa McCarthy. Her feature directorial debut Friendsgiving, starring Malin Akerman and Kat Dennings, was released worldwide in October 2020 and enjoyed the number one spot on iTunes, Redbox and Fandango.

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Thurman is represented by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment, Jonathan Sanders & Co, Wolf Kasteler Public Relations, and Hansen Jacobson Teller. Jackson is represented by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content, Wolf Kasteler Public Relations, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.  Paone is represented by Mosaic and Jackoway, Austen, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Mandelbaum, Morris, Bernstein, Trattner & Klein.

About Yale Entertainment

Yale Entertainment is the parent company of Yale Productions, the independent company led by partners Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman.  Underpinned by over 30 years of collective experience in the film industry, the production arm specializes in high-quality, filmmaker-driven projects with responsible budgets in order to maximize the creative and commercial success. Since partnering in 2017, Yale has produced or executive produced over 25 films and has financed a range of budgets totaling more than $100MM.

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Yale recently launched an international film sales and distribution company, Great Escape, to represent their rapidly growing slate of in-house titles in addition to select third party content. In addition to Lafayette Pictures, alongside director/actor Katie Holmes, which is in post-production on two features which Holmes directed and starred in - Alone Together, with Jim Sturgess and Melissa Leo, and Rare Objects with Derek Luke and Alan Cumming.

The group was one of the first production companies to commence production following the outbreak of Covid in 2020 and has been safely and successfully producing films on a consistent basis since then. Recent successes include Becky, starring Lulu Wilson and Kevin James, which was released in June 2020 and became the #1 grossing movie at the box office; Joe Penna's Stowaway starring Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette which was released by Netflix; and Separation with Rupert Friend, Brian Cox, and Madeline Brewer for Open Road.


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